Steyning Grammar School hosted a highly entertaining visit from best-selling author Chris Bradford on Tuesday 28th April.
The school was incredibly honoured to be the first stop on his latest promotional tour and students were able to purchase advance copies of the new book, which is being released on 7th May.
The writer wowed his audience of Year 8 Students at the school’s Church St site, with an energetic presentation, promoting the imminent release of Ambush; the third book in his BODYGUARD Trilogy.
Miss Rahaman, the Literacy Leader at Steyning Grammar School beams: “The whole experience was amazing. If we can immerse the students in the fictional world to enthuse their own writing abilities and ideas then we have won half the battle. Chris Bradford was very entertaining, engaging and an inspiration to all.”
For his best selling fiction books, Chris employs a technique he calls “method writing”, fully immersing himself in the subjects he writes about. For the BODYGUARD series, he embarked on an intensive course to become a qualified bodyguard and was able to share many of the secrets and skills he learned with his captivated audience, with willing volunteers participating in various ‘ inter-active reading’ scenarios, including how to spot danger in a crowd, protecting a VIP and testing students’ self defence and reaction skills.
Chris Bradford says: "I write the type of books I'd want to read - books filled with relentless action, believable characters and a plot that twists and turn through the pages!"
Donna Moore, Librarian at the school said: “The beauty of Chris’ presentation and his books is that they unusually appeal to both boys and girls, and this was vividly demonstrated during his ‘training session’ and afterwards from the reactions students gave to me in the library at break time. An author who can bring his work alive to students helps us here at the school to further the enjoyment and importance of reading for pleasure!”
The author of 15 fiction books, including the Young Samurai and BODYGUARD series, Chris Bradford has been published in more than 20 languages and nominated for over 30 book awards, including winner of the Northern Ireland Book Awards 2011 and the Brilliant Book Award 2014. He has also written non-fiction books on songwriting and the music business, notably the critically acclaimed Heart & Soul: Revealing the Craft of Songwriting.
About Steyning Grammar School:
A thriving comprehensive day and boarding school for students ages 11-19 set in the beautiful countryside of the South Downs, with close links to Brighton and the South Coast. The school has an intake in Year 7 and 9 and a successful Sixth Form College, offering both A Levels and the International Baccalaureate. An OfSTED ‘good with outstanding features’, students are extremely keen to learn and this is reflected in good examination results.
Steyning Grammar School has had the proud tradition of boarding provision since 1614. It boasts some of the finest and most modern facilities of any state or private boarding school. Following a three day inspection by Ofsted in October 2012, SGS Boarding was once again judged as 'Outstanding'. Very few schools achieve such a judgement and SGS Boarding is the first Outstanding State Boarding School in the country to achieve this grade under the new inspection framework. The inspection report reinforces the popularity of Steyning Grammar School as demand from the UK, as well as overseas, continues to rise. The education is free to parents and families with just the very modest boarding costs to cover.
Full details can be found on the school’s website www.sgs.uk.net
Steyning Grammar School will be celebrating 400 years of excellence during the academic year 2014, visit our website http://www.sgs.uk.net/SGS-400 for more details or to register your interest in the events.